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"Backbreaker" Couloir

 
"Backbreaker" Couloir

Page Type: Route

Location: Colorado, United States, North America

Object Title: "Backbreaker" Couloir

Route Type: Mountaineering, Skiing

Season: Spring

Time Required: A long day

Rock Difficulty: Class 3

Difficulty: Hard

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Created/Edited: Jul 21, 2010 / Jul 21, 2010

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Overview

The "Backbreaker" couloir is located off Copeland's north face and is surrounded by jagged spires of treacherous looking rock. However, the route is manageable, at least as a descent on skis.

Getting There

The route is accessed via the Bluebird Lake Trail, which is sought from the Wild Basin Trailhead. You'll want to cut south about a half mile before you reach the actual lake, which will avoid having to backtrack.  
Copeland Mountain TOPO
TOPO

Route Description

A good view of the route beforehand will do you well for the ascent, as the series of couloirs can become quite a maze once you're within them. Essentially, you'll want to swing lookers right of the main couloir (the leftmost route in this photo:
 
Copeland Mountain  Backbreaker  Couloir
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for the first 150 feet of ascent, and then make your way back into the main couloir for the rest of the way to the summit. There is a cliff band at the entrance of the main couloir which this dog leg should help you avoid.
 
Copeland Mountain Upper Face
Upper Face

Essential Gear

Crampons and ice axe for spring ascents/descents.

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Trip Report

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Copeland Mountain "Backbreaker" Couloir